How development helps fund communities
As Vancouver grows, so does the need for new public amenities and affordable housing. New developments create a demand for:
- Parks and libraries
- Childcare facilities
- Cultural facilities
- Community centres, rinks, and pools
- Non-profit and social housing
- Bikeways and greenways
- Streets and transportation infrastructure
- Police stations and fire halls
Some of the funding to create and support these facilities comes from contributions applied to new developments, such as:
- Community Amenity Contributions (CACs)
- Density bonus contributions in Marpole
- Development Cost Levies (DCLs)
City-wide DCL update
City Council has directed staff to update the City-wide DCL bylaw. The completion target is set for the first quarter of 2017.
Read 2016 update
The City manages the increased demands for facilities by following this set of guiding principles:
- Community liveability should be maintained as the city grows.
- New developments should contribute to the cost of growth and their impact on the community.
- The cost of City facilities and services should be shared between new and existing developments.
- The economic impact should not affect development or housing affordability.
- The City's system should be consistent, transparent, simple, and flexible.
Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) are in-kind or cash contributions provided by property developers when City Council grants development rights through rezoning. CACs are used to fund community centres, libraries, parks, and other community spaces.
Density bonusing is used as a zoning tool that permits developers to build more floor space than normally allowed, in exchange for amenities and affordable housing needed by the community. Look up density bonus zones and contribution rates.
Development Cost Levies (DCLs) are rates on all new development. DCLs are used to fund childcare facilities, parks, affordable housing, engineering infrastructure and other City facilities.
Cultural facilities, or spaces, are essential to any community, and they are key to the economic health of our city. To ensure that artists and arts organizations can afford to remain in Vancouver, the City works to sustain and enhance Vancouver's cultural and social infrastructure.
Get the broader context of our approach to development contributions, and understand what community benefits come with new development in our neighbourhoods.
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